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Monday, March 22, 2010

Music Monday - Sweden is the new Iceland?

In the late 90's/early 2000's Iceland was the country toward which everyone was looking to lead the world into the indie rock future. But sometime in the early to mid 2000's it seemed that Iceland had reached a plateau, either a stagnation point or a zenith from which, despite all it's musical prowess, it could not surpass. Thus all our plaid wearing, straggly haired hipsters would have to turn elsewhere. I've always felt that Sweden was the country who picked up nearly right where Iceland left off. Here's 6 tunes that put together an extremely simplistic, extremely inaccurate account of the past decade in Nordic indie rock.

3 from Iceland:

Sigur Rós - Staralfur (1999)
(not an official music video)

Apparat Organ Quartet - Global Capital (2002)

múm - Green Grass of Tunnel (2002)

3 from Sweden:

The Knife - Heartbeats (2003)

Peter Bjorn & John - Objects of My Affection (2006)

Air France - Collapsing At Your Doorstep (2008)

Norway, you're next...

Röyksopp - Happy Up Here (2009)

1 comment:

  1. Ah, Scandinavian techno-pop. Remember Ace of Base? SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

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